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Hield fined $25,000 by NBA for kicking ball into stands

Sacramento guard Buddy Hield has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for kicking the ball into the stands following the Kings’ victory over Boston.

The ball bounced toward midcourt after Marcus Smart’s potential winning shot bounced off the rim Sunday. Hield chased it down and kicked it into the crowd.

The penalty was announced Monday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations.

Hield scored a season-high 35 points in Sacramento’s 100-99 victory that snapped the Celtics’ 10-game winning streak.

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LeBron James joins ‘long-time’ friend Tom Brady in playing until ‘we can’t walk no more’

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Two champs from two different sports with the same goal: “we’re going to play until we can’t walk no more.”

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, 34, told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin Friday that he plans to play basketball as long as he physically can.

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“As long as I feel great, as long as I can still play at a high level and mentally I’m sharp and I’m there, I’m giving everything to the game,” he said before adding, “I have no idea.”

The three-time NBA champion said he plans to follow in the footsteps of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as far as playing beyond their respective league’s average player age.

“Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We’re gonna play until we can’t walk no more,” he said.

Brady, 42, took to Twitter to add “I’m playing until I can’t dunk anymore,” to which James said: “Well I’m playing until I can’t throw TD passes anymore.”

Brady commented on the Twitter love, telling WEEI that he and James have been friends “for a long time.”

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“Yeah, I’ve always admired him. He’s a great athlete, player. I think he loves the sport, he loves basketball, he loves the competition. I feel the same way about football.”

Brady’s trainer commented earlier this week that the six-time Superbowl champion, who has previously vowed to play until 45, has recently said that he wants to go until “46 or 47.”

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Ilhan Omar slammed by NBA player for voting against Turkish sanctions

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Enes Kanter, the center on the Boston Celtics, slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Tuesday for voting against a bill that would impose sanctions on Turkey over the invasion of northern Syria.

Kanter wrote on Twitter that is was an “absolute disappointment and shame” that Omar was the only Democrat to not support the “Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act.”

He added that it seemed like Omar was on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s payroll and “working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!”

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Last week, Omar penned an op-ed for the Washington Post in which she called sanctions part of the “failed foreign policy playbook.”

Kanter is Turkish and a critic of Erdoğan, The Hill reported.

The bipartisan bill passed 403 to 16.

Omar also voted “present” Tuesday on a bill that would recognize the Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks.

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In an explanation of her vote, Omar said “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight” but should instead “be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”

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Kevin Durant explains why he responds to everyone, including trolls, on social media

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Kevin Durant is not one to shy away from trolls across social media.

Though he was caught and criticized for responding to naysayers through a burner Twitter account earlier in his career, Durant recently has embraced interacting with fans and critics through social media.

The Brooklyn Nets star spoke about his use of social media at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit on Tuesday and shared why he’d respond to nearly each and every one of his 17.9 million Twitter followers. The lanky forward, who was greeted with some “MVP!” chants upon entering the Masonic Temple, said he thought it’s cool interacting with fans who liked seeing him play.

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“I don’t try to look at it as bigger than that or smaller than that. I just feel as though it’s so easy connecting with people watching the game of basketball and [who] may have seen you play in person or want to see you play,” Durant said. “If you got questions, if you wanna troll, if you wanna ask about different things, I’m always open to it.

“I try to use social media in that way. And, at the same time, maybe [a] shameless plug here and there. Most of the time it’s just interacting with fans.”

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Durant signed a four-year, $164 million contract with the Nets in the offseason. He also was asked why he chose the Nets over any other team in the league.

“I think choosing New York is very self-explanatory. It’s the best city in the world. So much opportunity. It’s such a diverse town. Everybody loves New York,” Durant said, adding that it was the perfect time for him to switch and that the Nets had a lot of qualities he sought in a basketball franchise.

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Durant also touted some collaborations he and his agent Rich Kleiman were putting together through their company, Thirty Five Ventures.

The media company is about to debut a scripted series called “Swagger,” loosely based on his upbringing in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball.

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Charles Barkley tells Mike Pence to ‘shut up’ after VP blasts NBA cowardice, hypocrisy on China

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Retired NBA star Charles Barkley has never been shy about expressing his opinion, no matter what the subject.

On Thursday night, Barkley harshly criticized Vice President Mike Pence — saying Pence “needs to shut the hell up” — after the vice president earlier in the day slammed the NBA for cowardice and hypocrisy regarding the Hong Kong-China controversy.

During a speech in Washington, Pence said he was disappointed that NBA players and executives didn’t speak out on behalf of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators, and seemed more interested in protecting their money-making opportunities in communist China.

NBA ‘ACTING LIKE A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF CHINA,’ PENCE SAYS AMID CONTROVERSY OVER HONG KONG TWEET

Pence said the NBA acted like a “wholly owned subsidiary” of China’s “authoritarian regime” after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a Twitter message in support of Hong Kong’s people.

“Some of the NBA’s biggest players and owners, who routinely exercise their freedom to criticize this country, lose their voices when it comes to the freedom and rights of other peoples,” Pence said. “In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime.”

Pence also took aim at sports apparel company Nike, a longtime business partner of the NBA and its players.

“Nike promotes itself as a so-called ‘social-justice champion,’” Pence said. “But when it comes to Hong Kong, it prefers checking its social conscience at the door.”

Pence’s speech was the Wilson Center’s inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture, and came as President Trump’s administration tries to negotiate a new trade deal with China.

The vice president also sounded off on previous U.S. administrations, which he claimed had tolerated unfair trade terms for the U.S. and looked the other way as China mistreated its citizens.

“The political establishment was not only silent in the faces of China’s economic aggression and human rights abuses, but enabled them,” Pence charged.

But during Thursday’s NBA pregame show on TNT, Barkley said Pence was guilty of hypocrisy on the subject of China.

“Vice President Pence needs to shut the hell up, number one,” Barkley said to a panel of his TNT colleagues as well as NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “All American companies are doing business in China. I thought the criticism of commissioner Silver and LeBron James was unfair.

Barkley added: “Daryl Morey, who I like, he can say whatever he wants to. But there are consequences. I don’t understand why these holier-than-thou politicians, if they’re so worried about China, why don’t they stop all transactions with China?

“President Trump has been talking about and arguing with tariffs for China for the last two years,” Barkley continued. “I think it’s unfair for them to do all their business in China and just because this thing happens try to make the NBA and our players look bad. All American companies do business in China. Period.”

“President Trump has been talking about and arguing with tariffs for China for the last two years. … All American companies do business in China. Period.”

— Charles Barkley

Many NBA fans appear to take a different view than Barkley. Demonstrations in support of Hong Kong have taken place at NBA games in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Los Angeles, and in Philadelphia a fan was ejected over a pro-Hong Kong sign.

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During Thursday’s speech, Pence noted that the FBI has 1,000 active investigations underway regarding the theft of intellectual property, with the the majority involving China.

Last December, Pence said, the Justice Department announced it had broken up a hacking operation in which Chinese officials stole the names and data of 100,000 U.S. Navy personnel as well as ship maintenance information “with grave implications for our national security,” Pence said.

At a separate cybersecurity event in Washington, the Justice Department’s top national security official, John Demers, said any progress in U.S.-China trade talks would have no bearing on future prosecutions involving Chinese espionage or intellectual property theft. Only a change in behavior by the Chinese would affect those decisions, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Jason Kidd gets ripped on social media for leaving out Lakers coach in tweet to team

When Jason Kidd joined Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel’s staff in the summer, there was immediate speculation that the former NBA point guard was eying a bigger role with the team.

Kidd’s motives were questioned again Tuesday when he tweeted a photo of himself with some players from the Lakers, including LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Alex Caruso. The photo included a tiny shot of Vogel over Caruso’s right shoulder.

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“A new chapter of @Lakers basketball begins tonight,” Kidd tweeted ahead of the Lakers’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

NBA fans immediately came after Kidd for the post.

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Kidd has previously coached the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

He was traded by the Nets to the Bucks after one season for two draft picks.

In four seasons with the Bucks, he was 139-152 and was fired during the 2017-18 season. He only led the Bucks to two playoff appearances in that span.

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He then joined the Lakers in the offseason.

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Zion Williamson speculation over meniscus injury ‘asinine,’ Pelicans general manager says

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New Orleans Pelicans general manager David Griffin shut down any talk that rookie Zion Williamson’s overall shape played a factor in his latest knee injury that will sideline him for several weeks.

Griffin has heard the rumors about Williamson’s 285-pound frame being the leading contributor to his meniscus tear, which he suffered during the preseason. Williamson’s weight was also a topic of conversation from when he entered the NBA Draft through the Summer League.

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“The notion that this happened because Zion is in poor condition is just asinine,” Griffin said, according to USA Today. “He wasn’t in poor condition when he went 12 of 13 last week against Utah. That’s not what it is. He’s just a very unique body type and certainly from a physics perspective.”

The 19-year-old was forced to be pulled from the Summer League after tweaking his knee and then left a preseason game against the Chicago Bulls early.

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“I’ve seen the narrative out there about him and this happened because he’s not in shape and he’s too big,” Griffin said. “That dude is a freak of nature. When he went through his physical, he ran on the treadmill longer than the cardio-stress test people have ever needed to put anybody through a test to get his heart rate up. That happened because he’s touched by the hand of God to do this. He’s in elite condition. He stays in elite condition.”

The No. 1 overall pick tore his right lateral meniscus and missed the final preseason game against the New York Knicks. He will be out for 6-8 weeks after having knee surgery, the team said this week.

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The Pelicans were set to start Williamson alongside Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram and Derrick Favors. The team acquired Ball and Ingram in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers that sent Anthony Davis west.

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Leonard leads Clippers over LeBron and Lakers 112-102

Kawhi Leonard hit seven straight shots in one stretch, creating a run for the Clippers that his new teammates quickly joined.

“It’s a great sign of leadership,” coach Doc Rivers said. “He talks with his game.”

Leonard began a new career chapter Tuesday night, scoring 30 points to go with a strong bench effort in a 112-102 victory over LeBron James and the Lakers in the teams’ season opener.

Leonard chose the Clippers because he wanted to come home and his family was on hand.

“All those emotions went through me again,” he said.

Lou Williams added 21 points and Montrezl Harrell had 17 off the bench when the Clippers began their 50th season overall and 36th in Los Angeles as the once unlikely but now favorites to win the franchise’s first NBA championship.

“It’s one of 82 (games),” Rivers said. “Next question.”

Leonard won his second NBA title last season in Toronto.

The Lakers showed off their new 1-2 punch of James and Anthony Davis. Davis scored 25 points, making 9 of 14 free throws, and James had 18.

“For us, we’re both aggressive,” Davis said. “Sometimes we kind of miss each other. I missed him a couple times and he missed me, so just trying to figure it out.”

Danny Green outscored them both with 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the highest-scoring debut by a Laker in franchise history.

Leonard got it done without his personal recruit Paul George, sidelined indefinitely while rehabbing from a pair of offseason shoulder surgeries.

“It’s just the first game of the season, so it’s going to take the season and mistakes and success to get us on the same page,” Leonard said.

Wearing a black tuxedo jacket and bow tie, George received a mixed reaction when introduced in the playoff-like atmosphere at Staples Center, where the Clippers were the home team for the first of four meetings in the arena the teams share.

“Their fans were very loud early and I thought our fans took over from that point on,” Rivers said. “It’s great for the city.”

The Clippers’ reserves outscored the Lakers’ bench, 60-19. Last season, Williams and Harrell were the NBA’s highest-scoring reserve duo, and they picked up where they left off.

“This bench is going to be better this year than even last year,” Rivers said.

It came down to the fourth quarter, and the Clippers dominated.

Tied 85-all, they opened with a 19-7 run to go up 104-92. Five different players scored and Leonard assisted on Maurice Harkless’ 3-pointer.

James had three of the Lakers’ six turnovers in the fourth, when Harkless and Leonard each blocked shots by Dwight Howard.

“That was just very careless and they capitalized off of it,” James said.

With 4 ½ minutes left, Lakers fans chanted “Let’s go, Lakers! Let’s go, Lakers!” while others hit the exits.

“The NBA’s back and everyone’s trying to have the narrative of it’s a rivalry game and it’s a huge test,” James said, “but I think both teams are not where they want to be. We have a lot of room to improve.”

The Lakers erased a 14-point deficit in the third, led by Danny Green’s 18 points. He capped a 15-0 run with his fifth 3-pointer before JaMychal Green’s 3-pointer pulled the Clippers into an 85-all tie heading into the fourth.

The Clippers outscored the Lakers 40-29 in the second quarter, buoyed by 16 points from Leonard. He made seven straight shots on a variety of moves — pullups, fadeaways, a cutting dunk.

The Lakers raced to a 13-2 lead, their largest of the game. James scored over Leonard and he later heard “MVP! MVP!” chants while sinking his first free throws of the season.

The Lakers shot 53% from the floor in the first quarter, while the Clippers missed shots and had a basket by Williams taken away when the Lakers challenged a foul call on Howard.

The rivalry was on early with a male fan shouting “Go Lakers!” during the national anthem, drawing big cheers while Clipper fans booed.

“It was everything I expected,” Davis said. “Very anticipated game and it was fun.”

TIP-INS

Lakers: They fell to 43-29 all-time in season openers. … G Rajon Rondo (sore right calf) sat out.

Clippers: They improved to 25-25 in openers all-time, but still trail the Lakers 3-2 when the teams meet in a season opener. … G Rodney McGruder (right ankle sprain) missed the game.

WARNING FANS

As part of the NBA’s crackdown on fan behavior this season, cards carrying a message from league security were on seats located courtside and the first couple rows back. They reminded that every fan is required to comply with the league’s fan code of conduct and anyone who acts inappropriately may be subject to ejection and-or revocation of their tickets. The public address announcer reminded fans before both halves about minding their manners.

LEONARD’S GREETING

Leonard took to the mic to welcome Clippers fans to the game. He had to raise his usually low voice to be heard over the din, a mix of cheers from Clippers fans and boos from Lakers fans. “It’s going to be a great season,” Leonard said. “We’re going to play hard every night. Let’s get it going.”

STARRY NIGHT

Famous faces came out, including Kate Hudson, Angela Bassett, Jeff Garlin, and athletes Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi of the WNBA, Joc Pederson of the Dodgers and soccer player Alex Morgan. Halsey performed outdoors at LA Live before the game and Ty Dolla $ign rapped at halftime.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Return to Staples Center as the home team Friday against Utah. The Lakers are 25-12 all-time against the Jazz at home.

Clippers: Travel to Golden State on Thursday to open the Chase Center in San Francisco in another blockbuster matchup.

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Hong Kong flag flies during TNT coverage of Lakers-Clippers NBA season opener

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A large Hong Kong flag was seen waving in the middle of the crowd outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles during TNT’s coverage of Tuesday night’s NBA season opener between the Lakers and Clippers — and quickly sparked debate on social media.

Some praised the fan for waving the flag, while others said politics should be kept out of sports. Others tried to interpret whether TNT was taking a position in the dispute between Hong Kong and China, judging by how long the flag remained on screen.

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The NBA became linked to the Hong Kong-China dispute earlier this month when the general manager of the Houston Rockets wrote a Twitter message in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators just as two NBA clubs — the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets — were beginning a visit to China to play a pair of preseason games and make promotional appearances.

The NBA drew criticism for a series of awkward comments — by executives and players alike — made in response to the Rockets executive’s tweet, which was deleted. The NBA, as well as several other American companies, have received backlash for allegedly censoring their employees in an effort to preserve business relationships with China amid months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a Chinese territory.

Some Nets expressed support for Hong Kong when the team returned to Brooklyn. At  Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles, some fans there also showed the debate wasn’t over.

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“To the guy waving the Hong Kong flag in the middle of the NBA halftime show, and to TNT letting it fly, thank you,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Large Hong Kong flag flying between Ernie and Kennie. Let’s see if TNT keeps showing it,” one user initially said. “TNT doesn’t seem to be trying to hide it. Panning to the view that shows it about as much as normal,” the same user wrote later on.

Some Twitters users praised whoever in the crowd decided to wave the Hong Kong flag. While others online said the flag was an unwelcome attempt to bring politics into sports.

“WHOEVERS WAVING THE HONG KONG FLAG AT THE TNT THING OUTSIDE STAPLES CENTER IS A NATIONAL HERO,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Whoever waving the Hong Kong flag behind the NBA on TNT Studio needs to chill. STOP. POLITICIZING. SPORTS,” another user wrote.

One user speculated that the TNT broadcast would not air in China after the Hong Kong flag was allowed to remain on the screen.

“I take in TNT commentary doesn’t air in China cuz there’s a large Hong Kong flag …. and another I don’t recognize,” the Twitter user wrote.

Appearing on TNT pre-game analysis earlier Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal rushed to the defense of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey amid the ongoing feud between the NBA and China. Morey sparked a firestorm Oct. 4 after he expressed solidarity with Hong Kong protesters on Twitter. Several prominent figures within the NBA have been reluctant to comment on the situation and criticize China, including outspoken anti-Trump critics such as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and NBA superstar LeBron James.

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Activists also planned to hand out more than 10,000 pro-Hong Kong T-shirts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a crowdsourcing page set up by an NBA fan in Northern California raised nearly $43,000 in a span of two days, The Orange County Register reported.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Sen. Hawley calls out NBA and Apple for becoming part of the ‘Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda arm’

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The NBA and Apple are bowing to China and becoming part of its communist propaganda machine to increase their bottom line, said Sen. Josh Hawley on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

“This is how Beijing plays ball. They tighten the screws,” he said. “Now they want to censor Americans. The thing about the NBA is… they’re trying to tell Americans what we can and cannot say. My word to the NBA is, don’t become part of the Chinese Communist party’s propaganda arm.

“Have a little Independence. Stand up for yourself,” Hawley, R-Mo., continued.

“Same message to Apple… I see Tim Cook now is going to join the board of a Chinese state-run university. I hope he’s going to be teaching on human rights in Tiananmen Square. It’s time for some of these multinational corporations to get a little backbone.”

Hawley discussed the protests in Hong Kong and praised President Trump for keeping up the pressure on the Chinese government to prevent a domino effect that could lead to Beijing seizing power and territory throughout the eastern part of the world.

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“We’ve got to stand up and keep the pressure up. President Trump, having the trade pressure on China has actually helped Hong Kong. It’s actually helped keep Beijing in check,” he said earlier in the interview.

“We’re not just going to watch Hong Kong get steamrolled,” Hawley added. “Because next it will be Taiwan and then it will be the region. And we know what China wants to ultimately do, is shut us out of the region and take away all of our jobs and our ability to trade.”

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He also said Americans should now know what China is capable of after seeing their violent and oppressive crackdown in Hong Kong, where the senator traveled last week.

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“The government there in Hong Kong, which is not elected by the way… essentially installed by Beijing, continues to suspend the right to protest,” he said earlier in the interview. “They won’t grant protest permits. They’re using violent tactics — brutal tactics to disperse the protesters. They won’t submit to a right to vote. Hong Kong is becoming a police state and that’s bad news for us.

“We know what China’s capable of. They’ve been ripping us off… for years,” Hawley added.

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